Not a lot going on today here at Safeco in terms of news
Catcher Kenji Johjima who was hit on the elbow by a pitch last night is out of the lineup and Adam Moore will be in his place.
"He probably won’t be ready to hit or catch right now, it's pretty stiff," Manager Don Wakamatsu said. "That will give Moore an opportunity to catch today and probably tomorrow. I think what we set out to do, at least our goal, was to let some of these younger players play a little bit more."
Moore hit his first big league homer last night and it was to right-center, a place where he has the most power.
“One thing you look at with young hitters is the amount of tension in their swing and the one thing that impresses you about him is for a big guy he has a loose swing," Wakamatsu said. "In that, I think that’s where you see the power the other way. As we go forward, and he starts to develop more, I think he will be able to do both – turn on an inside pitch and go the other way. I keep talking about how impressed I have been with his catching ability. He has done a great job. He has been exposed to a lot in a short period of time.”
Talked with Moore a little about his first home run. Having watched him, I wasn't the least bit surprised it went to right field. In fact it was fitting.
"That's where I've always had most of my power," he said. "It probably didn't show in Tacoma because I'd always pepper it off the wall. I've always been fortunate to have opposite field power."
I did a story on Moore earlier this year and he talked about being more of a gap to gap hitter than a power guy, but its not impossible to think he might be capable of 15 to 20 homers down the road.
He said he'd gotten about 15 to 20 messages from family and friends after the game. He hails from the smalltown of Mineola, TX ... population about 4,500 people and everyone there is watching his progress closely with anticipation and optimism.
"My mom has facebook so everybody around town - the4,000 people that live there - I'm sure already know," he said.
He also took a call from former teammate Jamie Burke, who's with the Washington Nationals.
"Burkey called me last night and asked me what it felt like, I said honestly don't remember touching any of the bases. It's a feeling I've never had it before."
Moore got the home run ball from the fan in exchanged for an autographed bat.
"As a fan, I think I'd rather want a bat than a ball," he said.
Michael Saunders didn't hit a home run, but he smoked a ball to right off the wall on a 99 mph fastball. It caught the attention of Wakamatsu and earned him some more playing time.
“I think Moore was getting on him about true power," Wakamatsu said. "You saw the ball in Tampa where hit the left field wall and now you see him a ball to right. That ball he hit to right had topspin. Some of the things we have been talking about, moving his legs more, but again to be able to turn on 99. To me its about his comfort level. This is almost like his second call-up where he didn’t play for awhile but spent a lot of time in the cage with Alan (Cockrell). You see it in his body language, he looks a lot more confident."
- Adam Kennedy 3B
- Rajai Davis CF
- Kurt Suzuki C
- Jack Cust DH
- Daric Barton 1B
- Mark Ellis 2B
- Eric Patterson LF
- Travis Buck RF
- Cliff Pennington SS
LHP Brett Anderson(11-10, 4.12 ERA)
- Ichiro RF
- Franklin Gutierrez CF
- Jose Lopez 1B
- Mike Sweeney DH
- Adrian Beltre 3B
- Bill Hall LF
- Matt Tuiasosopo 2B
- Adam Moore C
- Josh Wilson SS
RHP Doug Fister (2-4, 4.50 ERA)